A&E Wrap-Up: August 27, 2021

  • Donkey Mill Art Center Gallery Saturday celebrates the (by-appointment) opening of the Na Kapa Ku‘ina exhibit featuring kapa artists from around Hawaii. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Kapa exhibit opens at DMAC

Join kapa artists Bernice Akamine and Roen Hufford from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Donkey Mill Art Center Gallery to celebrate the (by-appointment) opening of the Na Kapa Ku‘ina exhibit.


Learn more about the art of kapa and talk story with the artists and curator Mina Elison. The exhibit, which runs until OCT. 9, is free and open to the public. In keeping with pandemic protocols, Donkey Mill is requesting that appointments be made for this opening event via its website www.donkeymillartcenter.org or by calling (808) 322-3362.

Na Kapa Ku‘ina celebrates the strong foundation of knowledge and the works of kapa artists from around Hawaii: Bernice Akamine, Kamalu du Preez, Puakea Forester, Denby Freeland, Roen Hufford, Kekai Kahokukaalani, and Dalani Tanahy.

Donkey Mill Art Center is the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organization. The center, located at 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway in Holualoa, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

For more information, visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org or call (808) 322-3362.

‘Write Your Own Story’ with Prince Dance

Kahilu Theatre in Waimea and Prince Dance Institute are back in full force this fall, offering more than 25 in-person performing arts classes during its 2021 fall semester.

In its 16th year of serving the Hawaii Island community, the school offers dance, musical theater, glee, aerial arts, and acrobatics classes. There is something available for all ages (2 and up) and all skill levels. There will be performance opportunities available for any interested students.

This year PDI is partnering up with Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library in Waimea and has created a theme for the year called “Write Your Own Story.” There will be reading challenges, public performances, scavenger hunts, and two performances inspired by the work created in collaboration with the library.

“We are looking forward to a year of fresh possibilities and novel ways of creating and learning together. Our theme this year is ‘Write Your Own Story,’ which speaks to the endless possibilities we have to create and reimagine our world,” said Angel Prince, PDI’s artistic director. “This year’s collaboration with the Thelma Parker Library will be full of inspired creations using dance, song, and theatre stimulated by the literary arts.”

The fall semester starts on Thursday and runs weekly (Monday through Thursday) through Dec. 16. Registration is now open.

For more information regarding class schedules, registration, fees, and scholarships, call Julie Young, PDI managing director, at (808) 452-3837 or visit www.princedanceinstitute.com.

Entries sought for annual Juried Art Exhibition

Kahilu Theatre announces the 2021 Juried Art Exhibition with a Call for Entry open to all visual media artists.

The works selected will be included in an exhibition in the Simperman and Hamakua Galleries of the Kahilu Theatre. The juror for the exhibition is Mina Elison, communications director and curator at Donkey Mill Art Center in Kona. She also is Museum Curator at Kona Historical Society and ‘Opio Program Specialist at Hui Malama O Ke Kai. The theme Elison selected for the exhibit is “Brilliance of Now.”


“Brilliance of Now invites visual media artists of Hawaiʻ to explore life and existence in this moment. Rooted in our DNA and memories of the past, the mind oscillates between what has already occurred and thoughts of the future. With evolving realities and shifting perceptions, one is always in a state of flux and change. Validating the concept that now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is the understanding that we are not who we once were, and we are not who we will be in the future,” said Elison. “As creative beings, how can one honor the space we are in right now? What has emerged from acknowledgment of places “traveled” through emotions such as disbelief, wonder, joy and grief? What has been broken and where is there growth? What has been learned and what forgotten? In this time, how does one recognize and celebrate the brilliance of now?”

Applications can be submitted online via CaFÉ at https://bit.ly/38dpNym. Entries are due by Oct. 12 and the fee is $30.

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